Technical Specifications for Rappelling Equipment

The Rule 12-i-f of the Himachal Pradesh Miscellaneous Adventure Activities (Draft) Rules 2016 recommends the following rappelling equipment:

Technical Specifications for Climbing and Rappelling Ropes

Technical Specifications
Climbing Rope
Diameter in millimeter (mm)
10-11
8-10
Length in feet
120-140
180-200
Type of rope
Kernmantle*
Kernmantle*
Minimum breaking strength in kilogram (kg)
800
600
Certification
Union Internationale des Association d’Alpinisme (UIAA)
Union Internationale des Association d’Alpinisme (UIAA)

Kernmantle*

The German word kernmantle consists of two words: kern that means core and mantle that means a sheath / covering. Kernmantle is a non-twisting rope whose core is made of several nylon fibers. The core is placed within a plaited sheath.

Technical Specifications for Carabineers

  • Material: Zicral Alloy (Zicral is a strong alloy of zinc and aluminum.)
  • Gate Type: Screw
  • Strength: 3,000 kilogram (That means, 60 people if each weighs 50 kilograms)
  • Certification from the Union Internationale des Association d’Alpinisme (UIAA)

Technical Specifications for Seat Harnesses

  • Type: Adjustable, Padded
  • Material: Nylon
  • Certification from the Union Internationale des Association d’Alpinisme (UIAA) 

Technical Specifications for Descenders (Figures of Eight)

  • Breaking Strength: at least 2,500 kilogram
  • Certification from the Union Internationale des Association d’Alpinisme (UIAA)

Technical Specifications for Other Gear

  • Gloves made from canvass cloth and stretchable nylon shall have leather on palms.
  • Foot wear with rubber soles
  • Properly fitting clothing
  • No loose clothing
  • Helmets with straps shall be in good shape. That means no damage to the compartments and no leakages.
  • Helmets shall either meet international standards or Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).

 

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